SUMMER 2022 THE CORNERSTONE OF THE POCONOS NOTICE: The Township Office will be closed on the following days: Juneteenth - Monday, June 20th • Independence Day - Monday, July 4th • Labor Day - September 5, 2022
20th Anniversary Smith Harker Community Garden by Carol Padalino
There is an old saying “time flies when you’re having fun.” If you believe that, then many local gardeners have been having a whole lot of fun for twenty years at the Continued on Page 11
IN THIS ISSUE DAILY LIVING Dingman Delaware Little League Annual Opening Day Parade Delaware Township Pool Requirements Delaware Township Building Use Policy Volunteer Ombudsman Delaware Cemetery Association Township Road Work Resolution No. 2022 - 07
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Akenac Park Host Site for DVHS United Day of Caring — Page 2
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Spring Tick Borne Disease Awareness Child Safety Seat Inspection to be Held Avian Flu in Pennsylvania: What to Know LEGISLATURE Rep. Cartwright, Colleagues Introduce Time Off to Vote Act
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EVENTS & NOTICES Board of Supervisors Meetings Vacancies
PARKS & REC Summertime Vibes Delaware Water Gap NRA News Release Akenac Park
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DAILY LIVING Akenac Park Host Site for DVHS United Day of Caring DELAWARE TOWNSHIP
On Saturday, April 30th, Delaware Township partnered with Delaware Valley High School as a host site for the Annual United Way Day of Caring, where high school students volunteered their time to clean up Akenac Park. Thank you to the following students for their hard work around the park:
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HOURS OF OPERATION:
Building Inspector: Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sewage Officer: By appointment only
Zoning Officer: By appointment only
Also, thank you to our Public Works employees who worked with the kids: Curt McMickle, Rory Naturale and Vincent Flatt. A special thank you to Good Time Pizza for donating lunch for our volunteers!
Office: Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Public Works: Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Akenac Park: Operational Hours Beach open for swimming 11:00am to 6:00pm Lifeguards are on duty weekends only Weekday lifeguard coverage begins 6/16 Closed on Tuesdays for Maintenance
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: MEETINGS 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 7:00 pm at the Township Municipal Building
WORKSHOPS 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 6:00 pm at the Township Municipal Building
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Dingman Delaware Little League Annual Opening Day Parade
The Dingman Delaware Little League’s annual opening day parade was held on Friday, April 22, 2022, where softball and baseball players from ages 4-16 play at the Delaware Township fields located along Wilson Hill Road. Delaware Township Supervisors, Jane Neufeld and Rick Koehler were in attendance showing their support for the kids in the community.
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Delaware Township Pool Permit Requirements If residents are planning to install a pool this summer, the following are the requirements to consider:
• Identify pool pump receptacle
• A Zoning Permit is required for any Pool 24” deep
• Identify size and type of all wiring
• A Building Permit is required for any Pool 24” deep or deeper.
• Identify location of required
• Provide complete bonding details. • Size of copper bond wire.
• Application Form
• Electrical equipment.
new pool) Building Application requirements:
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Sewage Officer Ron Tussel email@example.com
and depth of bury
• Bonding of metallic parts.
• Plot Plan (including setback requirements for the
Zoning Officer Ron Tussel firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoning Application requirements:
• Recorded Deed
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• Perimeter surfaces. • Water bond. • Site plan showing pool location, surrounding decking, and any additional accessory structures proposed alongside the construction of the pool. Identify distances from existing structures.
• Swimming pool barrier details; ladder details;
• Provide time switch that can automatically turn off and on heaters and pumps according to preset schedule shall be installed on swimming pool heaters and pump motors. All Fees are based on square footage:
• Zoning Fee Starts at $75 • Building Fee Starts at $175 For information on the electrical and fence requirements please visit the Township Building Inspector website at www.codeinspectionsinc.com.
Delaware Township Building Use Policy The Delaware Township municipal hall is available for rentals subject to the any existing COVID-19 rules and regulations set forth by the state of Pennsylvania and the below policy: 1. All building use requests must be submitted on the Waiver of Responsibility form, supplied by Delaware Township, to the Township Board of Supervisors two weeks prior to date of use along with a $200.00 rental fee (cash or money order.) Approval by the Board of Supervisors is required. Applicant must be a Delaware Township resident. Furthermore, this policy may be changed at any time and without notice by the Board of Supervisors, which may impose additional requirements on any individual or organization wishing to use the Municipal Building, or, at its sole discretion, may deny such use. 2. AFTER the Board of Supervisors has approved the use, an approval letter will be sent to the applicant and the balance of the rental fee will be required. 3. On the Friday before the requested use the applicant must supply the township with a $100.00 key deposit/security. A deposit of either cash or money order will be accepted. It will be returned to the applicant as long as the keys are returned on the next township business day, and the building is left in a neat, clean condition. Hall must be swept, mopped, and garbage taken out.
RENTAL RATE A $200.00 rental fee (cash or money order) is required at the time of Building Use Request. There will be a $500.00 charge for any lost keys less the $100 key deposit. If the Board of Supervisors approves the use and the applicant defaults on its day of use, the township will retain the down payment. The keys, building and dumpster keys, must be returned the following business day that the Township is open. The building must be left in a clean manner or the township will retain the security deposit. This includes sweeping, mopping and garbage being taken out to dumpster. Hall (Including Kitchen)
Key Deposit/Security $100.00
Volunteer Ombudsman Serving Seniors, Inc. Serving Seniors Inc. recently held a Volunteer Ombudsman meeting at the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging. Volunteers were recognized for their dedication and service for National Volunteer Week 2022. Volunteer Ombudsman provide visitation, advocacy and support to our residents of area nursing homes and personal care homes throughout Pike and Wayne Counties. Seated left to right, Monroe County Volunteer Ombudsmen Anita Procci, Suzanne Bornemann and Pike County Volunteer Ombudsman, Kathy Eckert. Standing left to right, Serving Seniors, Inc. Staff Ombudsman Linda Korgeski and Ombudsman Supervisor Mary Anne Maloney Evans.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM-PIKE AND WAYNE COUNTIES VOLUNTEER OMBUDSMAN ARE COMMUNITY NEIGHBORS WHO ARE SPECIALLY TRAINED TO HELP CLARIFY RESPONSIBILITIES AND RIGHTS OF ALL RESIDENTS THAT RESIDE IN OUR AREA NURSING HOMES AND PERSONAL CARE HOMES. IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE A FEW HOURS A MONTH, OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE, CONCERNED ABOUT RIGHTS OF NURSING HOME & PERSONAL CARE HOME RESIDENTS & INTERESTED IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE, THEN YOU WOULD BE PERFECT FOR THE VOLUNTEER OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM. THE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM IS THROUGH THE OFFICE OF SERVING SENIORS, INC. FOR MORE INFORMATION: PLEASE CALL LINDA AT 570-344-7190 OR SEND AN EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delaware Cemetery Association Thanks Laura de Graaf by Barbara Lee
Long overdue but with much enthusiasm, we wish as board members to honor and express our gratitude for the long and dedicated service of our former colleague and friend, Laura de Graaf. Along with her husband, Jan, they tended our Delaware Cemetery for many years and in the truest sense of “Mom and Pop,” they did it all. Laura came to live here in 1986 and last year moved to Ohio to be with family. Her beloved husband, Jan, sadly passed away in the fall of 2020. We surely miss her wisdom and that winning smile and sense of humor. Along with the rest of our community, we wish her the very best.
Decorations may be used with the following exceptions: 1. NO pins, tacks, nails, etc. 2. NO scotch tape-only masking tape. 3. NOTHING to be hung from the ceiling fans.
FLOOR AREA: 1. NO products, such as dance floor powder etc., can be used. 2. NO smoking allowed in building.
Township Road Work The Delaware Township Board of Supervisors approved the paving of Spencer Road and Log & Twig Road at a meeting in April. Improvements to Spencer Road will be completed by Wayco, Inc. in the amount of $234,315.08. Improvements to Log & Twig Road will be completed by Hanson Aggregates PA, LLC in the amount of $214,053.40. The Township anticipates the work to be completed shortly. In addition, the Board of Supervisors have approved line painting for Doolan Road, Park Road, Chestnut Ridge Road, Nichecronk Road, Emery Road and Myck Road.
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DELAWARE TOWNSHIP, PIKE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
RESOLUTION NO. 2022 - 07 RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO CHANGE THE DESIGNATION OF DELAWARE WATER GAP NATIONAL RECREATION AREA TO A NATIONAL PARK AND/OR PRESERVE UNTIL ALL THE PROPER INFORMATION AND FORMAL PLAN IS PRESENTED TO THE PUBLIC AND THE PROPER GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES, FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT WHEREAS, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA) was established September 1, 1965, one of 10 National Recreation Areas of the National Park Service, currently encompassing nearly 70,000 acres in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is a protected area in the United States established by an Act of Congress to preserve enhanced recreational opportunities in places with significant natural and scenic resources; and WHEREAS, the DEWA offers recreational opportunities such as hiking, walking, bicycling, fishing, hunting, swimming, camping, canoeing, boating, cross country skiing, bird watching, horseback riding, sightseeing, and special events; cultural resources, infrastructural facilities, national resources, and rare, threatened and endangered species of plants, fish, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians; and WHEREAS, the proposal by the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Chapters of the Sierra Clubs offer no insight or plan for the change in designation; namely the environmental, economic and agricultural impact to the DEWA and to the residents and local businesses of Delaware Township; and WHEREAS, the proposal by the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Chapters of the Sierra Clubs offer no information on possible changes to public lands, namely, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and State of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish & Wildlife lands as well as acquisition of private property; and
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WHEREAS, the proposal by the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Chapters of the Sierra Clubs offer no information on the Plan to facilitate this change; the implementation of fee collection and location or collection stations; and how funding will be provided for this National Park; and WHEREAS, the proposal by the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Chapters of the Sierra Clubs offer no explanation on the location, size and parameters of the “Preserve” area, the activities allowed and disallowed; and NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Township of Delaware will not support the change in designation from Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to National Park and/ or Preserve unless and until a formal Plan is presented outlining all the benefits, as well as the impact such Plan will have on the environment, the economy, and the recreational activities in the recreational area; BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Township of Delaware will oppose such a change in designation unless and until such time as the funding structures, specifically, the planning for the implementation of the collection of fees and the proposed implementation of fees for this new designated area are presented. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that there will be a requirement of a Map outlining the Park boundaries and the Preserve boundaries and specifically what activities will be allowed in both the Park and Preserve area. AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Township of Delaware will oppose the change in designation if and until there is a clear Plan outlining the projected impacts the proposal will have on Delaware Township residents, taxpayers, visitors, as well as the recreational impact on the Delaware Township residents. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Township of Delaware requests once said formal Plan is presented the Public and Governmental Agencies shall have ample time to review, question and comment on the Plan prior to any action taken by the United States Legislature. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that only upon the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Chapters of the Sierra Club furnishing all the above information and any further information requested by the township, will the Township consider supporting or further opposing the Plan after review. This Resolution shall become effective immediately upon passage by the Board of Supervisors. The within Resolution was enacted on the 11th day of May, 2022, at the Regular Meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Delaware Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania. John Henderson, Chairman/Secretary Rick Koehler, Vice Chair Jane Neufeld, Supervisor/Treasurer ATTEST: Krista Predmore, Township Administrator
Pike County Fire Depts. Lackawaxen Twp. Volunteer Ambulance Service (Dept. 21) 109 PA Rt. 590, Greeley, PA 570-685-4022 Greeley Fire Department (Dept. 23) 245 PA Rt. 590, Greeley, PA 570-685-7537 Bushkill Fire Company (Dept. 24) 124 Evergreen Dr., Lehman, PA - 570-588-6033 Blooming Grove Fire Dept. (Dept. 25) 484 PA Rt. 739, Hawley, PA 570-775-7355 Dingman Twp. Fire Dept. (Dept. 26) 680 Log Tavern Rd., Milford, PA - 570-686-3696 Central Fire Dept. (Dept. 27) 574 Westcolang Rd., Hawley, PA 570-685-7344 Delaware Twp. Fire Co. (Dept. 28) 131 Wilson Hill Rd., Dingmans Ferry, PA - 570-828-2223 Delaware Twp. Ambulance Corp. (Dept. 28) 135 Park Rd., Dingmans Ferry, PA - 570-828-2345 Hemlock Farms Fire & Rescue (Dept. 29) 1053 Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, PA - 570-775-6447 Lackawaxen Fire Dept. (Dept. 31) 116 Township Rd., Lackawaxen, PA 570-685-7330 Matamoras Borough Fire Dept. (Dept. 32) 506 Avenue Q, Matamoras, PA - 570-491-4154 Milford Fire Dept. (Dept. 33) 107 W. Catharine St., Milford, PA - 570-296-6121 Mill Rift Fire Dept. (Dept. 34) 139 Bluestone Blvd., Mill Rift, PA 570-491-4850 Promised Land Fire & Ambulance (Dept. 35) RR 390, Greentown, PA 570-676-3818
Spring Tick Borne Diseases Awareness With the onset of spring and warmer weather in the forecast, the Pike County Tick Borne Diseases Task Force would like to remind individuals that they are just as likely to encounter ticks in their yards and gardens, as they are when participating in outdoor activities. The task force reminds residents and visitors of proactive measures that can prevent tick-borne diseases (TBD) while enjoying the outdoors.
Tick Prevention Preventative measures are a simple way to avoid contraction of TBDs. The task force recommends the following steps to help prevent tick bites:
• Wear light colored clothing
to help spot ticks that have crawled onto you.
• Walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with grass or brush.
• Perform frequent, thorough tick checks after spending time on trails or in the great outdoors.
• To repel ticks, use products containing DEET for skin and Permethrin for clothes and gear or use natural oils that repel ticks.
• Gear and pets should be checked for ticks before bringing into automobiles and/or home.
• When home, tumble clothes in the dryer for 30 minutes to kill ticks.
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and brush around lawns and houses.
• Be mindful when outside for any reason such as taking out the trash or letting a pet in from a fenced in yard, etc.
What Happens If You Get a Tick? If a tick does manage to attach itself to you, use fine tip tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. With even pressure, steadily pull upward, avoiding any twisting or jerking motions to remove the tick. Be sure to thoroughly clean the affected area following removal. There is the option to send the tick to a laboratory to determine if the tick is a disease transmitter. Basic tick testing is available free to Pennsylvania residents through East Stroudsburg University Wildlife DNA Laboratory. Individuals can send up to five ticks at a time to be tested for various TBDs including Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Results are available within three business days of the lab receiving the sample. For more information on tick testing, visit www.ticklab.org.
Tick-Borne Disease (TBD) Wellness Center The TBD Wellness Center is located within the Pike Family Health Center on Route 739, in Lords Valley. It
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is staffed by a “Lyme-literate” Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in both evidencebased research and treatment modalities specific to TBD. Adult and pediatric patients (age 5 and up) are seen on Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. Individuals who suspect they have Lyme disease may be seen for diagnostic testing and verification of a TBD. Additionally, patients who have already been diagnosed and are seeking advice for management of current symptoms are eligible. Patients must be established with a primary care provider. Pediatric patients must be up-to-date on immunizations. For appointment information, call 570-775-7100.
About the TBD Task Force The Pike County TBD Task Force is focused on decreasing the number of tick-borne illnesses by building community awareness through education, support, and advocacy. The Task Force offers educational materials to help people prevent tick borne diseases and safely enjoy the great outdoors. Educational materials can be found on www.pikepa.org/tick. The Task Force meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room, 506 Broad Street, Milford, PA 18337, and via Zoom. New members are welcome. For more information on ticks, visit the Task Force website at www.pikepa.org/tick or contact Brian Snyder at email@example.com or by phone 570-296-3500.
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Child Safety Seat Inspection to be Held Free Child Seat Inspections Can Help Save Lives! PIKE COUNTY, PA — On May 18, 2022, in celebration of Emergency Medical Services for Children’s Day, Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps will hold a free child safety seat inspection. The aim of the event is to ensure all parents and caregivers understand how to choose an appropriate seat for the child’s age and size and how to install the seat correctly. Caregivers will be educated on how to select a child restraint that will fit their child, fit their vehicle, and be used correctly every time. Getting safety information and car seat instructions to parents and caregivers are crucial to saving young lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger vehicles. Car and booster seats are one of the most important safety devices children use on a daily basis. According to the NHTSA, car fatalities are the leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Checked often, car and booster seats save lives.
The event will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps Station located at 135 Park Road in Dingmans Ferry. The station is located at the intersection of Park Road & Myck Road in Delaware Township. No appointments are necessary. Participants may arrive anytime during the scheduled hours. During the event, Child Passenger Safety Technicians from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and Delaware Valley Emergency Services will be on-site to help answer any questions. Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps (DTVAC) is accredited at the Expertlevel under the state’s Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program, recognizing emergency medical services agencies that provide a high level of care to pediatric patients. Events such as the child seat inspection are one of the ways DTVAC maintains this prestigious accreditation. If you are unable to attend this event and wish to have a car seat inspected you can make an appointment by calling DTVAC’s Passenger Safety Technician at (570) 828-2345 ext. 808.
Avian Flu in Pennsylvania: What to Know The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture confirmed the state’s first positive cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in domestic poultry in several Lancaster County farms. As of April 26, there have been five affected commercial flocks, zero affected backyard flocks, and a total of 3.8 million birds affected in Lancaster County. The most up-to-date status of confirmed Pennsylvania cases can be viewed on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these avian influenza detections do not present an immediate public health concern. No human cases of avian influenza viruses have been detected in the United States. Poultry products and eggs are safe to consume if stored and cooked at proper temperatures. Both commercial poultry farms and Pennsylvanians with backyard chickens should be on high alert to protect their flocks from this highly contagious and fatal disease. Domestic
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poultry, including chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl, quail, pheasants, emus and ostriches, are most susceptible to avian influenza. If you have domestic birds, report sick domestic birds or unusual deaths in your flock to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at 717-772-2852 option 1. The line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information about the current state of HPAI in Pennsylvania can be found at the HPAI Address Search Application.
More information: USDA Defend the Flock Program PA Department of Agriculture Info on Avian Influenza PA Game Commission Avian Influenza FAQs Avian Influenza Resources and Response – Penn State Extension Protect Your Flock Against Avian Flu — Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence
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LEGISLATURE Rep. Cartwright, Colleagues Introduce Time off to Vote Act Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08) and U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Nikema Williams (D-GA-05) and Andy Levin (D-MI-09) introduced the Time Off to Vote Act, which would require employers to provide their employees at least two hours of paid leave to vote in a federal election. During each election, many wage earners choose not to go to the polls because they simply cannot afford to take time off from work. Despite this, in 2020, only 23 states and D.C. guaranteed workers some form of paid time off to head to the polls. “Voting should not be a luxury that only the well-off can afford,” said Rep. Cartwright. “This bill, which ensures that American workers can cast their ballots without risking their paychecks, is an important addition to the critical voting rights legislation passed by the House earlier this year.” “The freedom to vote is sacred, and the foundation of our nation’s democracy,” said Rep. Bustos. “I’m proud to join Congressman Cartwright today to introduce the Time Off to Vote Act, critical legislation to ensure that every American worker has the ability to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Especially as states move to restrict access to the ballot box, we must take action to protect our democracy and the voters who make it strong.” “No one should be forced to choose between earning their full paycheck or participating in our democracy. As a working mom, I know how tough it is to carve out time to vote between the demands of work, family, and life. This November, Georgia will once again be the center of the political universe. In the last two elections, countless Georgians waited in line for hours to vote. Many waited all day. The Time off to Vote Act will make it easier for working people to exercise their sacred right to vote. Everyone deserves free and fair access to the ballot box, regardless of where they
work or their flexibility while on the clock,” said Rep. Williams, Co-Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. “It’s incredibly important that America’s workers have an unbridled ability to vote in any local, state or federal election. By mandating paid leave on election days, this bill would ensure no worker has to sacrifice their wages or jeopardize their job security to exercise their sacred right to vote,” said Rep. Levin. “We need to be doing all that we can to make it easy for American workers to exercise their civic duty, and I am proud to partner with my colleagues to do just that.” This legislation has received the support of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE); Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC; Brennan Center for Justice; Care in Action; Common Cause; End Citizens United/ Let America Vote Action Fund; Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO)/ GALEO Impact Fund; Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; League of Conservation Voters (LCV); Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; National Association of Social Workers (NASW); National Education Association (NEA); Service Employees International Union (SEIU); UNITE HERE; Vote.org; Voters of Tomorrow. “All Americans deserve to have their voices heard and votes counted. Especially as some states pass discriminatory voter suppression laws, the Time Off to Vote Act is needed more than ever,” said Sylvia Albert, Director of Voting and Elections at Common Cause. “We commend Representative Cartwright for his leadership to protect and strengthen the freedom to vote so that ‘We the People’ can continue to have our voices heard.” “As another important federal election fast approaches, Black
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and Brown Americans face the greatest assault on the freedom to vote since Jim Crow,” said Adam Lioz, Senior Policy Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. “The Time Off to Vote Act is a strong addition to critical voting rights legislation the House has already passed this year. Congress must stay laser focused on delivering essential protections voters need and deserve, and must pass the full package without delay.” “Too many voters in this country have to work when the polls are open. This is a huge deterrent to participating in democracy,” said Sean Morales-Doyle, Acting Director, Voting Rights & Elections Program at the Brennan Center. “These voters should not have to choose between casting a ballot and collecting a paycheck. The nation needs the Time Off to Vote Act.” “No American should face the choice between earning a paycheck and exercising their right to vote. But because we do not guarantee Americans time off to vote, many face just this choice,” said AFGE. “AFGE represents thousands of employees who work long hours, scores of frontline workers on shifts around the clock, and even more who work far from home and endure long commutes. The ‘Time Off to Vote Act’ will help to ensure these employees are not prevented from exercising their right to vote because their work schedules make it difficult to get to the polls on election day. We support the ‘Time Off to Vote Act’ and look forward to its passage so that federal employees may more fully participate in our democracy.” “LCV applauds Congressman Cartwright’s vital proposal to ensure that every eligible voter is able to get to the polls regardless of their work schedule, without fear of retaliation or lost wages,” said Doug Lindner, Advocacy Director for Judiciary & Democracy, League of Conservation Voters. “Voting is a right, not a privilege, and the Time Off to Vote Act is a longoverdue step in protecting it.”
“The right to vote is sacred and nobody should be prevented from participating in our democracy because they can’t get time off work to do it. We applaud Congressman Cartwright for his commitment to voting rights and fully support his Time Off to Vote Act,” said Tiffany Muller, president, End Citizens United / Let America Vote Action Fund. “When working people are forced to choose between standing in a long line to vote or getting paid, our democracy suffers. As Republican lawmakers in states like Georgia, Arizona, Texas, and Wisconsin shamelessly attempt to further restrict the voting rights of Black, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, and indigenous people, it is imperative that Congress pass the Time Off to Vote Act,” said SEIU. Working people turned out in record numbers in 2020, and we will do it again this fall. We know that when voting rights are under attack so is our ability to expand access to care, create good, union jobs, build a pathway to citizenship, address climate change and reimagine our justice system.» “Vote.org, through its Electionday. org program, has worked with more than a thousand companies, representing an estimated 1.8 million workers, to ensure all workers, including full time, part time, and contract workers, get the paid time off they need to participate in democracy,” said Andrea Hailey, Vote.Org CEO. “With rapidly changing rules and deadlines in all 50 states, it’s high time that paid time off to vote became public policy. Nobody should have to choose between a paycheck and a vote.” “For too long, women of color have faced barriers that threaten to shut us out of the electoral process. So many women of color workers, like domestic workers -- the nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers who work in their employers’ homes -- face the challenge of working in jobs where they don’t have paid time off, job security or flexible hours. The Time Off to Vote Act would ensure that
this important segment of the electorate can fully take part in our democracy, have their voices heard and votes counted. No one should have to choose between a paycheck and their voting rights, and nothing should make it difficult for us to vote, including our jobs,” said Ai-jen Poo, Senior Advisor to Care in Action. “Latino voters are much more likely to experience polling locations with long lines, extended waiting times, malfunctioning voting equipment, and unexpected closings. Legislation that requires employers to grant employees time off for voting is a step in the right direction to ensuring that Latino voters are not disenfranchised at the voting booth,” said David Garcia, Director of Policy and Advocacy for Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) & GALEO Impact Fund. This legislation is co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03), Brendan Boyle (DPA-02), Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Andre Carson (D-IN-07), Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08), Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL20), Yvette Clarke (D-NY-09), Steve Cohen (D-TN-09), Diana DeGette (D-CO-01), Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01), Dwight Evans (D-PA-03), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-07), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ03), Hank Johnson (D-GA-04), Mondaire Jones (D-NY-17), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ-02), Barbara Lee (D-CA-13), Andy Levin (DMI-09), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA47), Jim McGovern (D-MA-02), Gwen Moore (D-WI-04), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC-At Large), Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05), Katie Porter (D-CA-45), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40), Michael San Nicolas (D-Guam-At Large), John Sarbanes (D-MD-03), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09), Adam Schiff (D-CA-28), Terri Sewell (D-AL-07), Dina Titus (D-NV01), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY-07), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (DFL-23), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ-12), Nikema Williams (D-GA-05), Frederica Wilson (D-FL-24).
EVENTS & NOTICES Board of Supervisors Meetings Notice is hereby given that the meetings for the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors for 2022 will be on the second (2nd) and fourth (4th) Wednesday of each month on the following dates: June 8th and 22nd July 13th and 27th August 10th and 24th
September 14th and 28th October 12th and 26th
November and December meetings ONLY will be on the first and third Wednesday of each month on the following dates: November 2nd and November 16th December 7th and December 21st All meetings to be held at the Delaware Township Municipal Building, located at 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328. Workshops will begin at 6:00 p.m. and regular meetings at 7:00 p.m.
2022 Bulk Dump Disposal Days The Delaware Township Bulk Disposal will be open the first and third Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the Spring, Summer and Fall. Bulk will only be open one Saturday of the month during the winter months. June 4, 2022 & June 18, 2022
September 3, 2022 & September 17, 2022
July 2, 2022 & July 16, 2022
October 1, 2022 & October 15, 2022
August 6, 2022
November 5, 2022 December 3, 2022
BULK DISPOSAL ITEMS In an effort to relieve the pressures of storing unwanted bulk items on your property, Delaware Township has initiated a program to meet the needs of our residents. You may bring your unwanted bulk items the First and Third Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to the recycling station located at 145 Wilson Hill Road (behind the ball field #4). You may pay by cash or check. Checks are to be made payable to “Delaware Township.” NO TRAILERS ALLOWED.
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Vacancies NOTICE is hereby given that the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors will accept letters of interest for vacancies on the Planning Commission and the Recreation Committee. The Planning Commission meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.; and the Recreation Committee meets the secondMonday of each month at 6:30pm. These positions are volunteer, and appointment will become effective immediately. Residency in Delaware Township is required. Please send letters of interest and brief background information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Delaware Township, 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328.
Steel, Aluminum, Propane Tanks, Washers, Dryers, Heaters, Sofas, Chairs, Etc….We also provide an area to dispose of branches, leaves and other mulch products. WE CANNOT ACCEPT items that contain FREON such as motor vehicle air conditioners, household refrigerators, freezers, window air conditioners, water coolers, vending machines, icemakers, and dehumidifiers. As of January 24, 2013, THE TOWNSHIP CANNOT ACCEPT ELECTRONIC DEVICES such as desktop and laptop computers, monitors and peripherals including printers, keyboards and mouses, and tablets like iPads and Kindles, as well as televisions with viewable screens larger than four inches. The devices contain potentially hazardous heavy metals that make landfilling undesirable and potentially dangerous to the environment. As of January 28, 2015, THE TOWNSHIP WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT TIRES (with or without rims) AND BATTERIES. As of January 14, 2021, costs for bulk disposal have changed, please the see chart below:
COST Auto Trunk Load.............................................................$15.00 Mini Van/SUV.................................................................. $30.00 Small Pick Up Truck...................................................... $55.00 Pick Up Truck.................................................................. $80.00 Appliances...............................................................$15.00 each NO TRAILERS ALLOWED
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20th Anniversary Smith Harker Community Garden by Carol Padalino
Smith Harker Community Garden in Delaware Township. Albert Einstein coined the phrase to reflect his idea that time passes too quickly. The Community garden was established in 2002. The then supervisors, Ileana Hernandez, Ted Parsell and Bob Luciano supported the concept of an enclosed space in which to grow large beds of perennial plants. With help from Home Depot, the Sheriff’s Department and the Penn State Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program, a fence was erected and the ground tilled to get ready for planting. The focus was on herbs and flowers to attract birds and pollinators. Shortly thereafter, an avid vegetable gardener asked permission to mark off a small plot to grow her own organic vegetables. And just like that the site known today as the Smith Harker Community Garden was off and running.
plot to twenty-three has been fun but also challenging at times. The garden has withstood wash outs during heavy rains and holes under the fence from digging “critters.”. The gardeners constantly deal with poison ivy, never ending rocks in the soil, surprise killing frosts, eaten young plants and a new variety of weeds every season. As we celebrate these twenty years of having fun, we thank Rick Koehler, Jane Neufeld and John Henderson, Township Supervisors, and The Public Works Crew with Vincent Flatt, Roadmaster, for their appreciated, continued, and enthusiastic support.
A few years later, it was apparent that additional space would be needed to accommodate all the interested gardeners. The then State Representative John Siproth approved a grant that would give the township a second garden location along with a shed to house equipment. A dedication ceremony was held on May 17, 2009 to open the “upper garden” with twelve generous sized plots. Currently, the two fenced areas include three large, beautiful perennial flower beds and twenty-three individual plots for organic gardeners. This transition from one
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PARKS & REC Summertime Vibes by Matt Light
We’ve finally made it through the long winter and made our way back into the warmth with longer days and sunshine. It’s important to remember to enjoy the time we have during these months and pursue experiences or goals that help our overall state of mind and body. While enjoying the summer months we also must keep a clear mindset towards emergency preparedness too and not become too complacent. The current economic situation has continued to decline and we’ve had some new hurdles to overcome with increasing gas prices, food prices, and baby formula. We’ve also seen some environmental issues like wildfires in counties not far from us. Summertime is the best time to start thinking about what the future might hold and what steps we will take in order to be more prepared going into this fall/winter seasons. As always before we start getting into the hotter days of this summer we should be following up on regular scheduled maintenance and testing of equipment like air conditioning systems, yard equipment, vehicles, and household appliances. Also think about potential environmental impacts like wildfires, flooding or dangerous trees around your home. Severe storms can occur with major rainfall and high winds which could lead to expensive household repairs. Also with the recent storm that swept through our area just yesterday with a potential for a tornado made it clear that having an emergency plan for this scenario would be beneficial to your family. Below are a few ideas or items to consider while updating or creating your emergency action or preparedness plans.
Environmental Threats • Scan your property to find any dead or diseased trees that could damage the house during heavy storms • Have you cleaned your gutters cleaned or have water runoffs cleared to prevent flooding • Are there sources of ignition (dead and dry branches/bushes) around the house or property that may start or help a wildfire? • Air Conditioning is great, but if it fails during peak season; do you have an emergency backup window unit?
Recreational Activities • Always stay Hydrated! Make sure to drink water or pack enough water while being outside in the heat! Take regular breaks and know the signs of heat stroke. This is very important and I cannot stress it enough. • Be mindful of ticks and wildlife. Wear proper repellant for insects, carry a first aid kit with methods to treat poison ivy and have an emergency plan if something happens while out on the trail.
Economic Issues • Continue to keep a supply of food. With the rising gas prices or potential shortages on diesel,
important contacts for seniors From the Pike County Area Agency on Aging MEDICARE PLANS AVAILABLE www.medicare.gov Call APPRISE at 800-783-7067 Call Medicare at 800-633-4227 or 877-486-248 (TTY) Or call us at 570-775-5550 for appt. to assist you. PIKE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION Hours 7:30am-4:00pm 570-296-3408 or 866-681-4947 DO NOT CALL REGISTRY If you want to stop those nagging calls from solicitors you can place your phone number on the Do Not Call registry by calling 888-382-1222 or go online to www. donotcall.gov SENIOR LAW CENTER Senior Law Center protects the legal rights & interests of seniors in PA through legal services, referral services and advocacy. Call their helpline at 877-727-7529 PIKE COUNTY AREA AGENCY ON AGING Blooming Grove - 570-775-5550 Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm Dingmans Center - 570-828-7812 Hours: Tues & Fri 9am-3pm Lackawaxen/Shohola 570-685-7808 Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs 9am-2pm Milford - 570-832-1929 Hours: Wed & Fri 1am-3pm
food shortages may occur. • Plant a garden to help offset produce costs and learn how to store vegetables.
The Delaware Township Recreation Committee will host the following upcoming events: 7/16/22 - Car Show
10/29/22 - Trunk or Treat
8/27/22 - Movie Night
12/10/22 - Christmas
9/17/22 - Harvest Fest
To Advertise Call Linda at
845-856-1268 and ask about our special Advertising Rates!
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Delaware Water Gap NRA Makes Changes to River Camping Program Campsite fee and reservation system goes into effect May 27 BUSHKILL, PA- Starting May 27, visitors who wish to use any of the 62 primitive river campsites along the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will have to make a reservation and pay a $16 per site/ per night fee. The fee and reservation system has been successfully piloted at 6 river campsites on the Pennsylvania side of the park known as Alosa since 2015 and is now being expanded to include all river campsites in the park. “Falling asleep and waking up at primitive boat-in campsite along the banks of a nationally designated scenic and recreational river is a unique and special experience, particularly within one of the most densely populated areas of the country,” said Elizabeth Winslow, fee program manager. “But flooding, resource protection concerns, and other operational constraints have reduced the number of official river campsites over the past two decades while demand for river camping has increased.
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This has resulted in conflicts among visitors, resource damage, and inappropriate disposal of trash and human waste, all of which is made worse by high-water events associated with storms.”
zoned system is intended to disperse use throughout the entire 40-mile river corridor, whereas current use has been concentrated in a few areas where the impacts of overuse are evident.
The expanded reservation and campsite fee initiative is part of a larger strategy outlined in the park’s Visitor Use Management Plan to improve access and enhance visitor experiences while also protecting fragile resources along the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River, one of the park’s most popular and vulnerable destinations. “Park staff will monitor the effectiveness of this expanded pilot program as it relates to improving visitor experiences and reducing negative impacts to sensitive resources and may make changes to the program along the way based on feedback and observations,” explained Winslow.
The five zones are as follows:
• Zone 1- North Park boundary to Milford Beach
• Zone 2- Milford Beach to Dingmans Boat Launch
• Zone 3- Dingmans Boat Launch to Bushkill Boat Launch
• Zone 4- Bushkill Boat Launch to Smithfield Beach
• Zone 5-Smithfield Beach to Kittatinny Point River campsites have historically been available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis for those on long-distance river trips. They are only accessible from the river and minimum distances requirements outlined in the Superintendent’s Compendium remain in effect. “Campers are advised to choose a site early in their trip in the event that sites further downstream within the zone for which they have
The new system allows visitors to make a reservation within one of five designated river zones, selecting from several different sites within that zone upon arrival. The
a reservation are already occupied,” added Winslow. “Reservations for one zone are not valid in another.” Reservations must be made in advance via Recreation. gov. Reservations cannot be made in person and cell phone reception in the area is poor. Amenity fees for parking at launch areas still apply in addition to the campsite fees. Revenue collected through campsite fees will be used to monitor, maintain, and improve existing river campsites. Those who would like to reserve a specific site rather than make that choice upon arrival may reserve individual sites at the Alosa campsites in PA through the same reservation system and at the same price. Reservations can also be made for the Rivers Bend and Valley View Group Campsites, both of which are open this summer. The cost for group campsites remains $100/site per night.
Plan can be found at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Visitor Use Management Plan, November 2020 (nps.gov). The Superintendent’s Compendium of Regulations for Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River can be found at DEWACompendiumMay23-2022.pdf (nps.gov). For more information on Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River, call (570) 426-2452; or follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ DelWaterGapNPS and Instagram at www.Instagram.com/ DelWaterGapNPS.
For additional information on river camping at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, including maps and regulations, visit Recreation.gov or the park website at River Camping Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov). The Visitor Use Management
WILDFLOWER MUSIC FESTIVAL
An outdoor festival located on the grounds of the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, 55 Suydam Dr. Hawley, PA (just off of Long Ridge Road, White Mills, PA, between Honesdale & Hawley)
LOUIS ARMSTRONG ETERNITY BAND Sat., July 2
45 RPM The Happiest Band on Earth! Sat., July 9 COLEBROOK ROAD Keystone State Bluegrass Sat., July 16 B-STREET BAND Tribute to “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen Sat., July 23 THE IDOL KINGS Tribute to Journey & John Mellencamp Thurs., July 28 VANESSA COLLIER Blues & Soul, Saxophonist, Singer & Song writer Sat., July 30 JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE Tom Becker, Formerly of the New Christy Minstrels, Aug. 6 TONY SANDS’ RAT PACK Together Again! Sat., Aug. 13 In the event of inclement weather, performances may be moved to the air-conditioned auditorium of the Wallenpaupack High School, Hawley, PA. (sorry, no food or drink allowed inside) If in doubt on the day of the performance, call 570-253-5500 after 12:00 p.m. or visit wildflowermusic.org
All shows begin at 6 pm
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Order online www.wildflowermusic.org Charge tickets by phone: 570-253-5500
TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE. PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
Bring a chair & a picnic!
Akenac Park Akenac Park is open for summer fun! Located just off Route 739, along Abbey Lane in Delaware Township. The Park offers activities for the whole family including fishing, hiking, swimming, boats, picnic area, playground, party rental facility, and historical society museum.
FEE SCHEDULE Delaware Township/ Pike County taxpayers are FREE with proof of tax bill
DAILY USE Non-Resident of Pike County: $5.00 per person Out of State non-resident: $20 per person
BOAT RENTAL $5.00 Per Hour We are pleased to welcome our seasonal staff for the 2022 season:
Park Supervisor: Enid Resto Lifeguards: Skyler Bower, Erik Fass, Kelly Roff, Shane Naturale, Liam Fass and Hannah Bush.
General Park Policies (adopted by the Board of Supervisors on August 9, 2017) Park Seasonal Operational Hours Memorial Day through Labor Day 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Sunday. Closed every Tuesday. 1. All individuals entering the Park are obligated to provide proof of residency of Pike County. 2. All Pike County residents shall enter the Park free of charge. 3. All Pennsylvania residents who reside outside of Pike County may enter the Park at a charge of $5.00 per person.
4. All out of State residents will be permitted to enter the Park at a charge of $20 per person. 5. All individuals within the park may rent a boat at a charge of $5 per hour per boat. Personal boats are prohibited. 6. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. 7. No smoking. No vaping. 8. No pets. 9. Children under 16 must be supervised by an adult. 10. No foul language. 11. No littering, dumping refuse or disposing of outside refuse. 12. No hunting. 13. No open fires. Charcoal and/or gas grills only. 14. No fireworks or explosives are permitted to be discharged or possessed in the park.
15. No solicitation or sale of goods without written approval. 16. Plant removal prohibited. 17. Harassment of wildlife is prohibited. 18. Unreserved park facilities are first come first serve. Reservations may be made with the Township. 19. Defacing and/or removal of park property is prohibited. 20. No operation of motor vehicles outside designated parking and entrance area. 21. Noise and/or music should be kept to an acceptable level and not disturb normal sensitivities of other visitors. Harassment of other visitors or disorderly conduct is prohibited. ALL INDIVIDUALS ENTERING THE PARK MUST CONSENT TO
PROVIDING PROOF OF PIKE COUNTY RESIDENCY. Akenac Park at Delaware Township is a family recreation facility. Please obey all posted rules and regulations posted at the park. Delaware Township Board of Supervisors reserve the right to review fees. Off-Season Operational Hours September through October; 8:00 a.m. to dusk April through May Hiking, fishing and playground available. Beach closed. No swimming. No grilling permitted. Park Closed November through March (to be determined based on weather by BOS) except on M, W, F 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for access to the Delaware Township Library
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